sneak peek: jill danyelle


With a creative background in art and design and years of experience working as a therapist, Jill Danyelle combined her desire to work with people with her creative passions and now does personal style and interior design, with plans to make her art and photography available online. Jill has called this small NYC apartment home for the past 10 years. After renovating early last year, she’s working through weeding out and upgrading elements here and there in her own “vintage modern rustic bohemian” style. With a love of clean lines, natural materials and flea market finds, she can’t help but think there is some closeted mid-century Hollywood Regency in her, but overall, this space and her lifestyle dictate a more casual vibe. Thanks, Jill! — Anne

Image above: I have a thing for vintage rattan. I found this table on eBay, where I found the lamp as well. The linens are organic cotton and vintage. The pillow was a flea market find, and the woven blanket I found at an antiques market while on vacation in Miami Beach.

Image above: The Danish Modern chair was found in a vintage shop on Avenue B; I’ve had it for ages. The shelves are very utilitarian, inherited from my old office. They serve their purpose holding books, magazines and a myriad of things stashed in baskets and provide a display area for art work that I have yet to hang.

See more of Jill’s home after the jump . . .

Image above: I found the old trunk at a thrift shop. I store my out-of-season clothes and art supplies in it. The Danish Modern daybed was found — unbelievably — at the Salvation Army. I got rid of the old cushions and topped it with organic cotton and wool futons, which aren’t so plush, hence the cushy sheepskins on top. It opens up into a queen bed and has come in handy over the years. The lamp and colorful iitala bowl are new purchases from Lancelotti, a small neighborhood housewares shop. The side table was rescued from the street. The old firkin bucket also pulls double duty as a table and storage.

Image above: The white rattan stool and the identical black one in the previous image are supposedly by Franco Albini. I found them on separate occasions, already painted. I like their versatility and sculptural form. The screen was a Craigslist find. The huge painting was found at a flea market for $5. I love the abstract graphic image, but I also used to sail a lot, so it brings up happy memories, as well. The small black and white photo is one that I took of a Gaudi building in Barcelona. I lived there for a spell, so it is a nice reminder of a place I love.

Image above: The desk converts to a dining table and coffee table. It is topped with a black and white shawl that I brought back from Mexico. The Castelli Plia chair is one of a vintage set I found. The polaroids are of my garden, which I photographed over the course of a year. The lamp has a story, but it is a bit long. Needless to say, it has been hanging around for a while. Kind of a misfit, but accepted.

Image above: I love this turquoise rock ashtray. I am not even sure what it is made out of or where it came from. The dish was a birthday gift from a friend. The little silver bud vase is also a new purchase from Lancelotti. I needed a little something shiny.

Image above: My tiny bathroom! We retiled the floor and added a new marble threshold. The small ÅNN sink from IKEA was the perfect fit. The Brooklyn store didn’t even know they carried it. It is kind of mysterious sourcing these; I think they are more popular in Europe. The light is an old industrial fixture. The mirror is vintage Danish. I love its leather cord. I found both on eBay.

Image above: In the kitchen there are more Plia chairs and a drop down table from IKEA that I painted the same color as the walls. The vintage chrome light fixture was found on eBay. All of the paint throughout, even the floor paint, is by Ivy Coatings. It is a low-VOC paint locally made in Brooklyn. I purchased it at Green Depot and had it mixed in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.

Image above: The vase was made by my sister, who also made one of the blue pots in the bathroom. The wood bowl was made by a close family friend and given to me as a gift.

Image above: We fit a fully functioning kitchen in a 5.5-foot wall. It was like solving a puzzle! Under the counter is the coveted gem of many a New Yorker — the washer/dryer. It is an LG all-in-one, and I love it. There is also a small oven and refrigerator freezer. The sink is Kohler. The faucet is IKEA. The two-burner gas range is DeLonghi. To the right of the range we custom built a counter with shelves and room for two barstools underneath. The base is made of pipe and sprayed white. It rolls out to allow access to the window behind it. All of the cookware is vintage Dansk. I like using it and looking at it. The origami platter and heart bowl are vintage Kaj Franck for Arabia. I also have some vintage dinnerware and Spanish mugs in the mix.

Image above: The pantry was a necessity, as I ripped out all of the upper cabinets. I originally wanted old metal lockers here, but at the end of the day — and the end of a long renovation process — I just wanted to sweep up the dust and put things away. I found this cabinet on Craigslist for $75, painted it the same color as the walls, crumpled up some old pattern paper from my design school days, taped it on the inside of the door and called it a day.

Image above: After living here for several years, I was in dire need of storage and purchased these cabinets from IKEA. They fit this space so well that they almost look custom. I have considered fancier credenzas over the years, but functionally, these are hard to replace. The sconces are vintage Lightolier. They are on a dimmer and create a perfect mood in the apartment at night.

  1. Charlene says:

    What a beautiful and ethereal solution for something so boring as a pantry, I do love it!

  2. Mariane says:

    It showsyou have lbeen iving there for some time before making the renos, they are really well though. Also, love it when the “sneek peeker” shares a lot with comments on every picture, thank you! I think your kitchen cabinet turned out beautifully, more one of kind then metal lockers. And got to say, I totally love your style, Bravo!

  3. StarR says:

    Love this space and your web page Jill. True artist

  4. souschef says:

    Thoughtful, gorgeous and so utterly comfortable and homey…

  5. Paige says:

    Sigh. Love the whites, creams and woods together, and the little touches she mentions such as the leather strap on the mirror in the bathroom. And the screen!! So beautiful.

  6. Abigail says:

    I had an LG combo in my previous home and would highly recommend it if you can’t do a traditional washer and dryer for some reason, but you must understand what you’re getting. After owning for a year, I think that a lot of the negative reviews I read were from people who didn’t do their homework.

    Lovely home ~ white + wood + green is a favorite I keep coming back to. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  11. Gisele says:

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  12. Gretchen says:

    Absolutely love this! So beautiful. What color white did you use for the walls? I’ve been looking for something just like it

  13. Laura says:

    What ikea cabinet do you use fir the entry way. They look fantastic and way more than ikea. Everything is great,,,


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